Friday, 30 September 2016

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Quiz - What Bark

This was a new one on me, not the tree but the bark on a specimen of this age. I am curious as to whether anyone else recognises it.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Better Together

I am really worried about the upcoming EU Referendum. Its seems like it will be very close and I have clear and passionate feelings about which way I would like it to go.

I don't usually do political canvassing, especially on this blog, but I really felt I ought to put my argument across in short before the vote, as there are also apparently many people who are undecided, and it may help give them another perspective.

These are my main thoughts:

Better together - surely if we are going to move forward as a race of people we are better together. A world divided is no way to go forward, particularly given current climatic and social issues. The EU represents a union of nations and that should be encouraged.

You've got to be in it to win it - how can we have an impact on the shape of a united future if we are no longer at the debating table? Could it be that the spotlight on this issue, highlighting many failures of the EU, is just the time when we could effect change for the better? It seems to me that no one has known more about the EU, or been talking about it more, than now. What better time stay stay in and make it a better union for us all.

Someone to watch over me - I have never felt that the UK government represents me as a national citizen. I have serious concerns about their motives and actions, particularly when it comes to the environment and natural resources, which is the sector I work in. EU legislation strengthens protection for our natural environment in this country and without that extra support I have grave concerns about what the government will do in the name of progress. 

I have never felt stronger about a vote. I don't claim to know all of the facts, but I feel I know enough to make an educated decision based on my opinions. If you are undecided please consider these opinions and remember, every vote really matters and can make a difference.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Pests & Diseases - Ustulina deusta

I recently came across this tree at work. It is infected with the decay pathogen Ustulina deusta, a very significant fungus that rots the main stem and root systems of trees. It can be very difficult to spot as the fruiting body of the fungus (the bit we see) is small and very discrete. It also can develop just below the soil level against the main stem. It is a constant reminder of the need for detailed inspections of the stem bases of trees as it can be overlooked so easily, although it does seem to have been pretty prevalent on this tree.

Ustulina deusta can result in sudden and catastrophic failure of a tree with no warning or symptoms present in the crown. Many trees infected by fungus rotting their stems and roots will also appear in decline thus aiding identification of an issue with the tree.


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